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Bob in for the stairs and sackbut.
This Genoese-style mansion indicates that there were rich people in Nice before noble foreigners showed up. It’s so crammed into the tiny street that the ornate 17th-century façade can barely be seen, let alone appreciated. Inside, though, there’s a fine entry-hall and a grandly, vaulted and painted stairway.
Subsequent reception rooms don’t fulfil this promise but do contain what’s said to be the world’s oldest trombone. Back in 1581 they called it a sackbut, but it’s a trombone to you and me. Entry is free, so it’s worth bobbing in for 10 minutes or so.